Massimo Cellino will appeal against the Football League’s decision to block his takeover of Leeds United, his lawyer has revealed.
The Cagliari chief had agreed a £25million deal for a majority stake in the Championship club with owners Gulf Finance House.
However, the game’s governing body refused to sanction the deal after he failed their ‘Owners and Directors Test’ following a conviction for tax evasion.
Cellino has been given 14 days to appeal the verdict, and has admitted he will do so.
“I have to appeal,” Cellino said. "I feel a responsibility to the fans who I am proud to say wanted me."
His UK lawyers Mishcon de Reya told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Mr Cellino will be appealing the decision. We have no further comment.”